UPDATE: Jailer fired after drug charges, 32 days into his job

Published: May. 12, 2017 at 3:26 AM EDT
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UPDATE 5/12/17 @ 5:55 p.m.

BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A Boyd County deputy jailer is now behind bars himself, charged with trafficking drugs to the inmates he was supposed to be overseeing.

William Alexander Mauk, 27, who also goes by Alex, was arrested outside the jail early Friday morning.

He had only been on the job 32 days.

His boss, Jailer Joe Burchett, is hurt that someone who seemed like such a perfect candidate was anything but.

Other deputy jailers had to do a shakedown in the cellblock. Hours earlier, cigarette packages filled with crystal meth, tobacco, pills, syringes and other contraband that deputies say was destined for an inmate was seized from Mauk.

Mauk was arrested around 1 a.m, right after his shift.

He spent six years in the Army and was recommended for the job by his aunt, a nearly 15-year veteran with the jail.

After passing a background check and drug screen, he was hired April 10. It was only his first week working unsupervised.

"It hurts the rest of us, knowing that somebody did that,” Burchett said. “All the things we try to do, the good stuff and someone messes it all up."

Sheriff Bobby Jack Woods said deputies got information late Thursday night that someone was going to make a delivery to Mauk, who would take it to an inmate inside. Instead, a deputy watched Mauk toss a bag into his car and go back inside.

Woods said it doesn't bother him that it was another member of law enforcement.

"No it doesn't. These people are expected to be at a higher standard. They are going to have to live by a higher standard if they want to carry the badge. So I don't have any problem with it."

Back at the jail, Burchett said the staff is “devastated," as well as a little embarrassed.

Mauk, who was still in his 90-day probationary period, has been fired.

"It sort of crushes me knowing that somebody did this,” Burchett said. “But it happens. Why? I don't know."

Mauk's aunt, who works at the jail, was still upset about what happened and declined to do an interview.

Mauk has an address in Ashland. No one came to the door when we knocked and he refused our interview request from the Carter County Jail where he’s being held.

"I don't care who you are or what you position is, if you're selling drugs in Boyd County, we are going to enforce the law upon you," Woods said.

The jail did drug tests on all the inmates in the cell block Friday morning. None came back positive for illegal drugs.

The sheriff isn't sure if any drugs actually made it inside the jail earlier. Both his office and the detention center are continuing to investigate.

Investigators are also trying to determine how Mauk knew the inmate who was the supposed recipient.

In a twist of fate, this is the same jail where eight female inmates overdosed last month when one smuggled heroin inside. Mauk, who had applied months earlier, was officially hired the next day.

Mauk went through two weeks of training and one week of close supervision from another jailer.

Burchett said he would like to get X-ray machines to scan all items coming into the jail, but they are expensive. He also said he might to have to limit breaks. Currently jailers get three breaks per eight-hour shift which are 15 minutes each.

There are 42 employees overall.

"It's embarrassing for the rest of us,” Burchett said. “We try to do a good job."

UPDATE 5/12/17 @ 11:10 a.m.

BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A jailer who was arrest on drug charges had only been on the job for a month, according to the Boyd County Detention Center.

William Mauk, 27, of Ashland, was arrested on drug possession charges early Friday morning.

Officials with the detention center say Mauk had only been working alone at the detention center for approximately one week leading up to his arrest.

According to a release, cells were searched and inmates were drug tested including the inmate who was supposed to have been getting drugs from Mauk.

All the inmates tested negative for drug use.

"I am deeply disappointed in Mr. Mauk and the path he has chosen to take" said Jailer Joe Burchett. "His actions undermine all of the hard work and dedication exhibited by the Deputies that work here. We intend to help the Sheriff's Department in any way we can with their investigation."

According to a release, Mauk was fired Friday.


ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A jailer with the Boyd County Detention Center is on the opposite side of the bars in that same facility.

Boyd County Sheriff's Deputies arrested William Alexander Mauk just after his shift ended about 1 Friday morning.

Deputies say Mauk had been accepting packages from known criminals outside the jail and delivering them to inmates inside the detention center.

Mauk, 27, of Ashland, was pulled over after his shift ended Friday morning. Deputies found packages containing meth, pills, syringes, and other illegal items. They say Mauk was seen accepting items during his shift Thursday.

Mauk is charged with possession and trafficking of meth, among numerous other charges. He is in the Boyd County Detention Center.